The sound of the “ABC” song coming from the piano starts one of our favorite parts of the preschool day—Come Together Time. All of our children, teachers, parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends gather together and use our voices that God has given us to sing praises to Him and to worship Him. “Hello, How are You? I’m Fine, Hope You are Too” gets us started. We then sing “Today is My Favorite Day—God Made It in a Special Way.” Children learn and say the day of the week, month and date while looking at the calendar on the wall. The children share their news reports with us—new baby at home, new puppies and pets, lost teeth, going to the beach, and so much more! Each day we say our Bible verse which begins with our letter of the week. Then, our best singing begins. A very few of our favorites to sing are: “Rejoice in the Lord Always,” “Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory,” “What Can Wash Away My Sins—Nothing but the Blood of Jesus,” “My Best Friend is Jesus,” “Who Can Do Anything? God Can, God Can,” “The B-I-B-L-E,” “Amazing Grace,” “My God is So Big, So Strong and So Mighty,” “Old McDonald Had a Farm,” “I Like the Policeman,” “Hear the Fire Bell,” “A Peanut Sat on the Railroad Track” and “Fuzzy Wuzzy Caterpillar.” We also use our hands and fingers to learn about God’s creation as we say, “Way Up High in the Apple Tree,” “Here’s the Ant Hill,” “Here’s the Beehive,” “Here’s the Turtle,” “Five Little Pumpkins,” and “Five Fat Turkeys.” These are such happy, happy sounds.
Come Together Time is also a learning time. Our children are introduced to some of God’s gifts to us such as friends, family, pets, farm animals, transportation, community helpers, and seasons—signs of fall, winter, spring, and summer. We “travel” on the “Good Health Train” to “Good Health Town” and learn about the food groups. We make butter; we sample different fruits; we make vegetable soup and beef medallions; and we eat just a “tiny” bite of sweets.
We sing “This is the Day” and “Trust and Obey,” and then we open, shut, clap, and lay our hands in our laps for our Bible story. Our Bible stories start in the beginning with God’s Creation, and we read through the Old Testament during the Fall. In December, we start reading about Jesus’ birth. In January and through the Spring, we continue through the New Testament and learn about Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. We read and talk about how we should never be afraid because God is with us wherever we go. He always keeps His promises. He always takes care of us and gives us all we need. We should love Him with all our hearts. We then fold our hands in quiet prayer and talk to God.
Each day a friend tells us that it is “Quick, Quiet Circle Time.” The leader of each class or our birthday friend holds the flag, and we say the “Pledge of Allegiance” and sing “God Bless America” and “I Am Proud to Be an American” as we whistle, snap, clap, march, or blink. Singing our all time favorite song, “Jesus Loves Me” brings our Come Together Time to a close. We can hear our sweet friends singing or humming “God is So Good” as they tiptoe out the door to their rooms.
Pastor Caleb joins us for Come Together Time each Tuesday to play his guitar and to sing with the children. Most importantly, he teaches the children the catechism. To hear our little ones recite these truths of God’s Word is such a special time of the week, and we are so thankful for Pastor Caleb.
We thank God for giving us this special time together each day. We are always thankful for our family and friends that join us to worship and to glorify God during our daily Come Together Time.